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Q: What is the difference between an ant and a termite?

A: The best way to tell the difference between an ant and a termite is to look at the waist. A termite has a broad waist, while an ant has a narrow or slender waist. Other differences are, a termite has straight antenna, while an ant has elbowed antenna. Both ants and termites have two pair of wings. Both pair of wings on a termite are equal in size, while the second pair of wings on an ant is shorter than the first pair.

 
Q: Why should I keep a termite warranty on my home?

A: Termites do more than 1.5 billion dollars in damage to homes each year in the U.S. alone. Termites are such a problem in our area the State of Georgia requires every residential structure to be pretreated for termites before construction begins. At Astro Exterminating, once we pretreat a home we offer a repair warranty, renewable annually. A trained technician will inspect your home once a year. During inspection if active termites are found, or at anytime during the year the homeowner notices termite activity, Astro will retreat the infested area and repair damages to the area at no charge to the homeowner.
 
Q: If my new home was treated before construction how could I get termites?

A: Unfortunately, in the southeastern U.S. there are an average of six termite colonies per 1 acre of land. A 1/64-inch gap, about the thickness of a piece of paper, in the protective barrier will allow termite entry. Other factors are excessive moisture and untreated wood in contact with the ground.
 
Q: Which treatment method is the most effective to protect my home from termites?

A: There are basically three methods used for control of subterranean termites: soil treatments, baits, and direct wood treatments.
  1. Soil treatment: applied directly to the soil in, under and around your home. Drilling into voids and under slabs to create a continuous barrier.
  2. Baits: Designed to protect homes by eliminating termite colonies in and around your home. These systems work well but usually require more time to work than soil treatments.
  3. Wood treatment: The wood itself is treated with a borate material. Termites either avoid the treated area or feed on it and die. Wood treatments are usually done during construction in conjunction with a soil treatment.
 

Q: How can you control pests inside my home if you only service the outside?

A: Pests mostly live, eat and breed outside. Your house provides these pests what they need to survive. They may choose to do this in a multitude of places, i.e. flower beds surrounding your home. Crawl spaces are another environment these pests thrive in. Also, the eaves of your home are a key spot for pests to live. All these places provide pests with everything they need for survival.

And stopping pests in these areas will control pests inside your house. Yet if any problems may arise, we will come and service inside your home until the problem is eliminated. The area around the outside of your home is the place to start and to keep pests from entering your home.

 

Q: Why should I hire a professional pest prevention service?

A: A “do it yourself” application for pest control is an option for some, but most people do not have the knowledge it takes to eliminate pests from your living environment. Professional pest control technicians have this knowledge that a conventional homeowner lacks. They have the training, education and experience to handle the pest issues that are specific to your region. These pest control technicians also have the training to apply the materials needed for pest control to keep your family safe.

   1.   Look for a reputable company with knowledgeable and professional representatives.
   2.   Ask friends and associates to recommend companies they use or have used.
   3.   Look for memberships in industry associations such as the National Pest Management Association
         (NPMA) that provide ethical guidelines and technical information.
   4.   Be certain the company is licensed by your state’s regulatory agency.